• 4,956,925 voters will choose
• 49,337 candidates in fray
• 13,556 positions up for grabs
Kathmandu, May 13
Voters of 34 districts of provinces 3, 4 and 6 will be casting their votes tomorrow in the first phase of local level polls that are being conducted after a gap of 19 years.
The second phase is scheduled for June 14.
The Election Commission has said votes could be cast between 7:00am and 5:00pm tomorrow.
A total of 4,956,925 voters are eligible to vote in the first phase.
Votes will be cast secretly under the first-past-the-post electoral system on the basis of one post, one vote pattern.
Voters will be electing candidates for seven posts of a local level, which includes chiefs and deputy chiefs of local levels, ward chair, four ward members (two female members) including a female member from the Dalit community. It is mandatory to have a Dalit woman candidate at the ward level.
A total number of 283 local levels, including four metropolitan cities, one sub-metropolitan city, 92 municipalities and 186 rural municipalities will elect their representatives.
A total of 49,337 candidates including 30,005 male and 19,332 female are contesting 13,556 posts in the first phase of election. Among the candidates, 61 per cent are men and 39 percent are women. Out of the women candidates, as many as 7,526 are Dalit women.
A total of 329 candidates — 160 women and 169 men — have already been elected unopposed.
While there are 1,880 candidates (1,723 male, 157 female candidates) for 283 posts of chiefs of local levels; there are 1,384 candidates for the post of 283 deputy chiefs.
A total of 1,127 women are vying for the post of deputy chief.
There are 2,598 posts of ward chairs in the first phase of local polls for which 10,296 males and 448 females are contesting.
The Election Commission has said that it has completed preparations in all of the 6,642 polling booths of 34 districts of provinces 3, 4 and 6.
According to the Ministry of Home Affairs there will be a total of 6,641 polling booths in 3,922 polling centres in three provinces.
The last time the country held local polls was in 1997.
Although former King Gyanendra held local elections in 2006 in 56 municipalities, they were not recognised as legitimate as the major political parties had boycotted the elections at the time.
Due to political instability the government could not hold local polls for years.
The government has deployed security and polling staffers in places where voters will cast their votes tomorrow.
Government employees, who have been deployed for poll duty continued to distribute voter identity cards today.
Who’s vying for which posts
A version of this article appears in print on May 14, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.
Kathmandu, January 15 Seen in the pictures below are youth activists affiliated to the main opposition Nepali Congress taking part in a tug of war during a protest against the dissolution of House, in Kathmandu, on Friday. On December 20, PM Oli recommended the dissolution of House of Represen Read More...
KATHMANDU, JANUARY 15 The constitutional bench of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana today ruled that cases field against the dissolution of the House of Representatives would be heard by the same bench continuously from Sunday. The SC passed the order after hear Read More...
MAMUJU, INDONESIA: A strong, shallow earthquake shook Indonesia's Sulawesi island just after midnight Friday, toppling homes and buildings, triggering landslides and killing at least 42 people. More than 600 people were injured by the magnitude 6.2 quake, which sent people fleeing their homes in Read More...
WILMINGTON, DELAWARE: President-elect Joe Biden pledged Friday to boost supplies of coronavirus vaccine and set up new vaccination sites to meet his goal of 100 million shots in 100 days. It's part of a broader COVID strategy that also seeks to straighten out snags in testing and ensure minority com Read More...
KATHMANDU, JANUARY 15 Nepal Communist Party (NCP) led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal today decided to seek clarification from Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli for acting against the party’s objectives, goals, programmes, and statute. NCP Standing Committee member Bhim Bahadur Rawal Read More...
All-time record scorer for England and Manchester United. A haul of 16 trophies. Wayne Rooney's illustrious playing career is over. Former England and United captain has decided it's time to focus on trying to replicate his successes as a striker in management. After taking temporary charg Read More...
KATHMANDU, JANUARY 15 Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali today said in New Delhi that finding an agreeable boundary alignment in the remaining segments might not only take Nepal and India to the stage of fully settled international boundary, but might also help generate positive vi Read More...
KATHMANDU, JANUARY 15 Nepali Congress is set to hold protests against the dissolution of the House of Representatives in all the 753 local levels on Saturday. Issuing a press release, NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba appealed to all the citizens to express solidarity with the protest to be held Read More...